The legislature shall protect by law from forced sale a certain portion of the homestead and other property of all heads of families. A homestead exemption is generally defined as certain real property of debtors that will be free from seizure and sale under legal process for the payment of their debts. The exemption article, based on similar language in the 1879 California Constitution, was designed to protect owners of land granted by the United States before statehood, and later grantees, leaving the details of this legal protection of those lands to the...
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